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Crisis in Iraq

ISIS declares Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria

The Sunni extremist group fighting to take over Iraq and Syria declared Sunday that it was forming an Islamic state to restore the 7th-century Islamic caliphate. The group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said its name would now be simply the Islamic State. It declared all other Islamist factions "invalid." The move represented an open challenge to other affiliates of al Qaeda, which has long named restoring the caliphate as one of its main goals. Read more at NBC News.